Anita Page, Our Modern Maidens, 1929.
A moment of silence, please.
Anita Page, the legendary actress, passed away in her sleep on Saturday morning.
Anita Page, the last surviving star of the silent movies, has died at the age of 98 in Los Angeles.
Page’s career spanned 84 years – and her lasting fame endured despite a 60-year career break forced upon the actress at the height of her fame after she refused to sleep with a studio boss.
She had started out as an extra in 1924 and broke into the big time with a powerful performance in the 1928 silent melodrama Our Dancing Daughters, alongside Joan Crawford.
The combination of Page, who played to perfection the manipulative, amoral fortune-hunter trying to snare a husband, with the noble and virtuous Crawford was such a success that the two were paired up again in 1929 in the silent Our Modern Maidens and Our Blushing Brides, a talkie, in 1930.
But Page’s fraught relationship with her co-star caused palpable tension at MGM. She said that she ended up “loathing Joan”, whom she accused of trying to attack her physically.
Page’s daughter, Linda Sterne, said that her mother had been good friends with Jean Harlow, and during the 1930s had lived as a guest in a California castle owned by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, – himself immortalized in Citizen Kane.
“She was the best mother I could have,” she said. “She was wonderful.”
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Here’s a story and series of interviews with Anita Page from 2000.
Anita Page and Clark Gable in The Easiest Way, 1931.
Director Harry Beaumont asked Anita Page: “Are you starting to believe your own publicity?”
Page immediately responded, “Of course, aren’t you?”
Anita Page was a vital and magnetic actress, our last living link to silent films. RIP.